Operatives of the Ondo State Police Command have arrested a 37-year-old pastor for allegedly raping and killing a nursing mother within his church premises in the state.
In his church, Oke-Irapada, in Alade, Idanre Local Government Area of the state, the pastor, Kayode Salami, was accused of committing the crime on Friday.
In order to stay at the church, the deceased, Adejoke Oloje, reportedly left her house in January with her 11-month-old child.
Additionally, it was claimed that she visited the chapel with her cousin, Aderonke.
Deborah, the bereaved mother of the deceased, alleged that when her daughter visited her in Idanre, she left the house suddenly without giving her any notice or warning.
She highlighted that after making repeated inquiries about her whereabouts, she had found her daughter at the chapel, but that she had refused to accompany her.
“I went to the church and eventually found her. She complained about foodstuffs, and I promised to bring some for her the following day. I also pleaded with her to leave the place, but she declined, and I left.
“The next day, when I got to the church around 5 p.m., I heard her child crying profusely.”
“So, I moved close to see what happened. I found the door closed. So, I forced it open. To my utmost dismay, I found my daughter on the floor, with her pants already removed down her legs, and I shouted for help.”
Salami, who denied any role in the death of the nursing mother, claimed that Adejoke returned to the church after the first time she worshiped in the church to seek lodging as she pleaded to find a place to stay.